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EU Member States granted protection status to nearly 710,400 asylum seekers in 2016

Date Published: 28-04-2017

In 2016, nearly 710,400 asylum seekers were granted international protection in the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU-28), more than double that of 2015:

  • 389,670 (55%) were given refugee status,
  • 263,755 (37%) were granted subsidiary protection, and
  • 56,970 (8%) were authorised to stay for humanitarian reasons.

In EU-28, 14,205 refugees were resettled in 2016.

The top 3 citizenships of granted protection were:

  • Syria: 405,620 (57% of overall applicants)
  • Iraq: 65,765 (9%)
  • Afghanistan: 61,820 (9%) 

The highest number of persons granted protection status were registered in:

  • Germany: 445,210 (triple the number granted in 2015)
  • Sweden: 69,350 (double the number granted in 2015)
  • Italy: 35,450, (20% more than 2015)
  • France: 35,170 (35% more than 2015) and
  • The Netherlands: 21,825 (28% more than 2015)

Key figures for Ireland:

In Ireland 790 positive decisions on asylum applications were made in 2016:

  • 645 were granted refugee status
  • 140 were granted subsidiary protection status

In 2016, 355 persons were received as resettled refugees in Ireland.

The main countries of citizenship of applicants granted protection were:

  • Syria: 150 (or 19% of the total number of persons granted protection in Ireland)
  • Afghanistan: 70 (or 9%)
  • Zimbabwe: 65 or (8%)

For more information:

See Eurostat news release (April 2017)

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